Burgham International Horse Trials: what riders need to know [H&H VIP]

  • Get the lowdown on this fixture from Eventing magazine's horse trials guide — including what riders say about the event, plus vital statistics

    Date: Friday 27 – Sunday 29 March 2015

    Organiser: Martyn Johnson
    Contact: mlj86@hotmail.co.uk; www.burghamhorsetrials.co.uk
    Location: Northumberland

    Entires open: 20 February
    Ballot date: 6 March at 12 noon
    Entries close: 18 March

    Link to Burgham entries: www.britisheventing.com/burghaminternational

    How to get there

    Postcode NE65 9QP. Burgham is just off the A1, 10 miles south of Alnwick, eight miles north of Morpeth.

    What the organisers say

    After the well-received inaugural CIC2* and CIC3* tracks in July 2014, cross-country designer David Evans is looking to continue the educational theme for the early March CIC tracks. Courses at all levels will broadly follow the same route, with some modifications on July 2014 courses including new portable fences. The courses are suitable for all levels.

    As always, ground preparation is paramount and the verti-drain and agri-vator will be available on-site if required in the lead-up to cross-country day. The courses are built by Paul Ellis.

    We are pleased to say acclaimed course-designer Di Boddy has joined the team to design the showjumping tracks in 2015 for all levels.

    International dressage will take place in the main arena on Friday, 27 March 2015. As in July 2014, we aim to give it a “championship feel”.

    Prize-money will be paid to all classes. International level prize-money will be increased with the winner of the CIC3* taking home £1,000 and the CIC2* winner £500.

    Owners are more than welcome to join us for complimentary coffee and refreshments in the hospitality tent on Friday dressage day. Discounted lunch available for all owners of competing horses over the weekend — book through the event secretary.

    What the riders say

    Dressage & showjumping — “The dressage had a good area to work in and the arenas were flat and level.” “The warm-up and arenas for the showjumping were also flat and level and the course was well up to height.” “The ground had been aerated and well looked-after between the dressage and showjumping.”

    Cross-country — “The cross-country courses are excellent and well laid out for spectator viewing.” “The ground was a touch firm in places, but generally a very good event.”

    Percentage of cross-country clears 2014

    A: 63%
    OI: 96%
    I: 91%
    ONU18: 71%
    ON: 95%
    N: 85%
    BE100 Open: 91%
    BE100: 82%

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